How Do Americans Die?

By Amos Zeeberg (Discover Web Editor) | October 16, 2007 3:29 am

The LA Times has compiled a list of how death arrives for Americans in different age groups. I take it this is publicly available information, but it’s interesting to see it all laid out so directly. Despite much-touted decreases in cancer deaths, rampaging tumors still kill hundreds of thousands of people, all the way from infants to ancients.

  • TJ

    Your link is “members only”, so your post is of limited value.

  • true

    yup, true dat. no val. dawg

  • http://discovermagazine.com Amos Kenigsberg

    Hi, TJ and true. You’re right—I hadn’t realized that the LATimes article was available to members-only. On the plus side, you only need a free membership to the Web site.

    How do they die? Slowly at first but faster toward the end.

    But seriously, for a long while the #1 killer is unintentional injury. Then between ages 45 and 64 that (dis)honor goes to cancer. And for the folks above 64, heart disease is the biggest risk. And there’s a lot of other info in the full list.

  • Mark

    These seem to be just the raw numbers. But just the raw numbers are meaningless. For example, I don’t know if the population had, say twice as many 5-9 than 1-4. How do I compare those numbers?

  • rw

    FYI the article is now public domain; I went to the link above and it took me right to it without registering

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